Make-Your-Own Hummus: A Delicious, Frugal Gateway to Eating More Fiber – Especially If You Have Teenagers

Hummus + veggies and/or whole-grain snacks = High fiber intake

I’ve been making homemade hummus from this recipe since March 2007, when food.com was recipezaar.com. It’s just 5 main ingredients; just takes 15 minutes and makes 3 cups – freezable if you know you are not going to use all of it in a week to 10 days time. This delicious dip been a major way for our whole family to snack on carrots, red peppers, other veggies, and all manner of whole-grain cracker, pretzel and tortilla chip. Hummus is also great on sandwiches! Though I wrote this post about it back in 2012, this healthy snack partner has new significance:

 

Delicious hummus + veggies and/or whole-grain snacks = High fiber intake; healthy, well-fed hungry teens; and potentially lower cancer risk through adulthood

IMG_4960In light of recent news about how a diet high in fiber may help protect against cancer, having this recipe on hand is as helpful as ever. Recent findings are particularly newsworthy because it is based on eating habits in high school.

A long-term study surveyed how women in their 30s and 40s ate when they were in high school. “The researchers found that women who consumed high levels of fiber (28 grams per day, on average) had a 24 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer before menopause, compared with women who ate low levels of fiber (14 grams per day, on average). For the women on the high-fiber diet, the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer was also cut by 16 percent.” See the articles here and here.

So, if you have kids, teenagers, especially young females, consider making your own hummus as a delicious, frugal way to get you and your kids to eat more fiber. Let’s kick cancer to the curb!

Another family fave, which my teenage daughter now makes for us – make-your-own-guacamole – but that’s for another post!

As I like to say,

Your Health is Your Wealth!

~Aimee, TFF

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